Paris Brown

B.A. with Distinction in English, San Diego State University, 2010
M.A. in English with an emphasis in Contemporary American Literature, San Diego State University, 2013


Katherine Kinney (chair), Andrea Denny-Brown, Steven Axelrod

Research Areas:

Mid-Century Aesthetics, Fashion Theory, 20th -Century American

 Research Interests:

My areas of specialization revolve around surveying mid-twentieth- century aesthetics and anti-aesthetics, particularly those concerning space, place, and adornment within literature and film. I also obsess over placing them within contexts of postwar culture, consumerism, and the stylings of postmodernism. My primary focus is on material culture in mid-century fashion and what it reveals about this epoch’s particular anxieties and desires. In order to fully immerse myself in midcentury studies, I participate in an aesthetically focused “vintage lifestyle,” which consists of curating museum-quality pieces, dressing daily in the fashions of the era, and living in a midcentury “time capsule” home. I am concurrently invested in researching political landscapes, race and culture, fashion subcultures, representations of adolescence, and the uncanny in speculative fiction and American Gothic texts.

Recent Activity:

Conference Presentations –

“‘Intellectual Fashion’: Plath, Mademoiselle, and the Mythos of Style.” PAMLA Conference. Honolulu, HI, November 2017.

“‘Are You Alone’?: Mad Men, the 1960s, and Madison Avenue as the New American Mid-century Gothic.” PAMLA Conference. Riverside, CA, October 2014.

“Textualizing Style: Literary Reflections of Political and Global Identity in Mad Men.” Participatory and Popular Culture Winter Conference. Taipei, Taiwan, January 2013.

“From Tiki to Tango: Fetishizations of Latin and Polynesian Cultures in 1950s America.” PCA/ACA Conference. Boston, MA, April 2012.

“Dollified: Discipline and Beauty-Molding of Girls through Twentieth-Century Doll Storybooks.” SDSU Student Research Symposium. San Diego, CA, March 2012.

“The Walking Dame: A Translation of Women’s Agency from Comics to Small-Screen in The Walking Dead.” Far West PCA Conference. Las Vegas, NV, February 2012.

“¿Qué Soy?: A Discussion on Hybridity and the Rise of the Pocho.” SDSU Student Research Symposium. San Diego, CA, February 2011.

Publications –

Book Review: “Fashion and Fiction Self-Transformation in Twentieth-Century American Literature by Lauren S. Cardon.” Literature and History, SAGE Publications (Oct. 2017).

“Rokabiri This Town: Japan’s Rockabilly Revival.” Vintage Life 76 (2017).

“Revisiting Bradbury’s Mars.” Books in Review. Science Fiction Studies 42.1 (2015).

“Selling Japan in Mad Men’s America: The Visual Translation of Japanese Icons and Images through a Lens of Western Advertising and Aesthetics.” International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies 10.2 (2014).

“Children of the Night: Socio-Historic Marginalization and the Politics of Childhood in ‘Dark’ Contemporary Fiction.” MA Thesis. Montezuma Publishing (2013).

“The Little Ladies’ Guide to Winning Promotions and Conforming to Others.” pacificREVIEW West Coast Arts Journal 42.1 (2011).

“Lynne Berry’s The Curious Demise of a Contrary Cat and Satoshi Kitamura’s Millie’s Marvellous Hat—Book Reviews.” San Diego: SDSU’s National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (2010).

“You’ve Lost Your Muchness: Did Tim Burton Lose His in ‘Alice?’” Parents’ Choice: Children’s Media and Toy Reviews (13 March 2010).

Media Appearances- 

“True Crime Message Boards and the Women who Love Them.” Interview by Gina Tron. Oxygen NetworkNBC Universal Cable Entertainment. New York, New York. 17 Jul. 2018.

“Episode 35: Paris Brown.” Interview by Kia Handley. This Retro Life Podcast. New South Wales, Australia. 18 July 2017.

“Interview: Paris Brown.” Interview by Holly Foster. In Retrospect Magazine. London,England, June 2016.

“De Fifties in Amerika.” Interview by Birgit Barten.Volkskrant Magazine. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 13 February 2016.

Service –

GSEA Representative. 2014-2015

LGBTQ Safe Zones Ally, SDSU Counseling and Psychological Services. 2010-2013.

Editor-in-Chief, pacificREVIEW West Coast Arts Journal. 2011-2012.

Chapter officer, Sigma Tau Delta. 2008-2010.